91With weeping they shall come, 2and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them 3walk by brooks of water, 4in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for 5I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is 6my firstborn.
"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, 'He who scattered Israel will 7gather him, and will keep him 8as a shepherd keeps his flock.'
119For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from 10hands too strong for him.
They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, 11and they shall be radiant 12over the goodness of the LORD, 13over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; 14their life shall be like a watered garden, 15and they shall languish no more.
1316Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. 17I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
1418I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, declares the LORD."
Thus says the LORD: 19"A voice is heard in 20Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. 21Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, 22because they are no more."
Thus says the LORD: "Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the LORD, and 23they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
1724There is hope for your future, declares the LORD, and your children shall come back to their own country.
I have heard 25Ephraim grieving, 'You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf; 26bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the LORD my God.
For after 27I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, 28I struck my thigh; 29I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'